Academic Impact Awards
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The Academic Impact Awards are your chance to reward the members of staff and students that have helped shape your University academic experience, through their teaching, support, innovation and through representation. This year will be our 10th Awards Ceremony of this kind.
There are 11 awards that you can nominate for, which are in 4 categories:
You can read more about the categories below and there is no limit to the number of nominations that can be submitted.
You can complete a nomination here:
Nominations will close on Monday 16th April, 2018 at 5pm.
Most Helpful Feedback
This award recognises that feedback is essential to a successful learning process. Good feedback explores what you have done well and how you can improve next time. If you feel an academic has offered you feedback that is clear, delivered in a timely manner and that has helped you develop, then consider nominating them for this award.
Enhancing Student Employability
This award recognises a member of staff who helps students to develop as professionals and to discover their next steps of their career path. If you feel a member of staff has offered opportunities for you to experience the professional world through their teaching or support, or has provided skills development, activities or varied assessments to enhance your career journey, then consider nominating them for this award.
Leading In Equality
This award recognises the member of staff who is dedicated to creating an open and accessible environment for all students to be able to participate in. If you feel a member of staff has gone above and beyond by such things as, for instance, offering a variety of online and in person resources, being flexible towards childcare arrangements, presenting lectures or workshops in a way that meets the needs and/or different learning styles of others or has looked at diversifying the curriculum through offering a wider variety of authors for reading lists and course content, then consider nominating them for this award.
Personal Tutor of the Year
This award recognises the Personal Tutor who has provided supportive, accessible and helpful tutoring that has helped guide students through their course. If you feel a member of staff has gone above and beyond in supporting you, such as through areas related to your course or through a difficult time or in your personal development, then consider nominating them for this award.
Research Supervisor of the Year
This award recognises any staff member (or student) that supervises and supports postgraduate students through their PhD, MPhil, DPhil or other research experience. If you feel a member of staff (or student) has enhanced your academic, research or student experience, such as through assessment and feedback practices, innovative teaching, helpful critical feedback and advice or supportive supervision, then consider nominating them for this award.
Outstanding Support – Academic Staff
This award recognises an Academic member of Staff who has provided outstanding support to students through their course. If you feel a member of academic staff, such as a Lecturer, Seminar Tutor or Placement Supervisor has gone above and beyond in providing you support in difficult times or in your personal development, then consider nominating them for this award.
Outstanding Support – Non-Academic Staff
This award recognises a Non-Academic member of Staff who has provided outstanding support to students through their course. This could be a member of staff from a front-facing support service at the University, such as Student Counselling and Mental Health, Student Advisors, Visa Advice, Learning Success, Volunteering, to people who provide support within your School or your specific Programme, such as Course Administrators or Programme Directors. If you feel a member of staff has gone above and beyond in providing you support in difficult times or in your personal development, then consider nominating them for this award.
Best Graduate Teaching Assistant
This award recognises a Postgraduate Research Student that teaches whilst undertaking their degree and supports their students through their tutoring and leading of seminars. If you feel your Graduate Teaching Assistant has provided you with innovative teaching, helpful feedback or has helped you to further understand your subject area and to develop yourself, then consider nominating them for this award.
Most Innovative Teaching
This award recognises a member of teaching staff that explores new methods of teaching and looks to engage students in different ways, such as through new technology or ways that refresh traditional ‘classroom’ learning. If you feel a member of staff has shown innovation in their teaching methods, either through the introduction of online or interactive parts of the course, through video participation, through introducing new technology to their delivery or via means that you feel have enhanced your learning experience, then consider nominating them for this award.
Teaching Excellence Award (X5 - 1 Award Per School)
This awards recognises a member of teaching staff from each School who has inspired students with their teaching methods and has contributed to their academic experience. If you feel a member of staff has shown incredible passion about their subject or if you feel enthused and inspired by their knowledge and feel part of a two-way process of learning and teaching, then consider nominating them for this award.
Programme Representative of the Year (X5 - 1 Award Per School)
This awards recognises the Programme Representative from each School who gone above and beyond to develop and enhance the student experience and develop improvements to their course or School. If you feel a Programme Representative has managed to successfully bring up and resolve issues you have raised with them, has introduced an innovative change that has improved your experience of University or has gone above and beyond in representing you, then consider nominating them for this award.
These Awards are sponsored by the Learning Enhancement and Development Department (LEaD) and we would like to thank them for their continued support in the delivery.